Megan Markle Shares W/ Mariah Carey The First Time She Was ‘Treated Like A Black Woman’: I Had Been Treated Like A Mixed Woman, & Things Really Shifted

Meghan Markle & Mariah Carey

Megan Markle Shares W/ Mariah Carey The First Time She Was ‘Treated Like A Black Woman’: I Had Been Treated Like A Mixed Woman, & Things Really Shifted

Megan Markle revealed to Mariah Carey her struggles with being biracial.

On the second episode of her Spotify series Archetypes, Megan Markle sat down with singing legend Mariah Carey to talk about being biracial. Megan Markle said:

“I had read this article about Halle Berry, and they were asking her how she felt being treated as a mixed-race woman in the world.”

The 41-year-old continued:

“Her response was her saying, ‘Well, your experience through the world is how people view you.’ So she said because she was darker in color, she was being treated as a Black woman [and] not as a mixed woman.” 

Markle said to Mariah Carey, who is also biracial:

“I think for us, it’s very different because we’re light-skinned.”

She added:

“You’re not treated as a Black woman, you’re not treated as a white woman. You sort of fit in between.” 

The mother of two portrayed herself as the woman in the world who didn’t fit in as being Black or white. She recalled a moment in her life when things changed. Markle said: 

“I mean, if there’s any time in my life that it’s been more focused on my race, it’s only once I started dating my husband. Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a Black woman.” 

The former “Suits” actress continued:

“Because up until then, I had been treated like a mixed woman. And things really shifted.” 

Carey admitted that she considered Markle’s use of the term “mixed woman” interesting. The “Always Be My Baby” singer said:

“Because I always thought it should be OK to say I’m mixed.”

 Carey, 53, added:

“Like, it should be OK to say that. But people want you to choose.” 

Mariah Carey

Markle reflected on being affected by racism when she was young and what life was like growing up with a white father and Black mother. She said:

“I’m biracial. Most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.” 

She added:

“Quite honestly, your race is part of what defines you. I think what shifts things is that the world really treats you based on how you look.” 

In the campaign video, Markle shared:

“Certain people don’t look at me and see me as a Black woman or a biracial woman, they treat me different, differently I think than they would if they knew what I was mixed with.”

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Authored by: Tsai-Ann Hill